A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - The Art of the Tech
In Lesson 1, I'll introduce you to the course and to the CompTIA A+ certification, and then move right into essential information for every tech. You'll get the scoop on how the many components of the personal computer work together. We'll discuss how professional techs behave and interact with clients. And we'll finish with a tried-and-true troubleshooting methodology that will apply to all tech situations.
Lesson 02 - The Visible Computer
In Lesson 2, we'll take a tour of the PC, starting with the exterior connectors. We'll go into details of the interior devices as well. Our goal is to begin teaching proper tech terminology and familiarize you with standard computer components.
Lesson 03 - Maintenance and Safety Precautions
Today, we dive into the important safety techniques that every good tech absolutely needs to know. These range from how to clean a computer to methods to avoid tech-induced damage to how to dispose of old parts safely.
Lesson 04 - Central Processing Units
In this lesson, I'll deliver the goods on central processing units, the core processing component in every PC. I'll explain variations in technology and then give practical information and advice on installing and troubleshooting CPUs.
Lesson 05 - RAM
In Lesson 5, we'll dig into the details of one of the foundations of the computer: RAM. With RAM, the CPU can make magic happen. Without it? Literally nothing can happen. You'll learn about the different varieties of RAM and proper techniques for installing it. Then, we'll wrap up the lesson with troubleshooting RAM and memory problems.
Lesson 06 - BIOS/UEFI
In this lesson, I'll teach you about the essential programming that makes computers function, what's called the BIOS or UEFI. Plus, you'll learn about the special tools we use for storing configuration options for BIOS and UEFI. It's awesome stuff!
Lesson 07 - Motherboards and Cases
In Lesson 7, I'll teach you all about motherboards, the bedrock of every PC. You'll learn form factors, types of expansion slots, and installation steps for expansion cards. In this lesson, we'll also cover upgrading, installing, and troubleshooting motherboards.
Lesson 08 - Powering the PC
Today, I'll introduce you to power supplies and the basics of powering a PC. You'll learn about how electricity gets from your wall outlet into your PC, along with how to test that electricity. I'll teach you about the many power supply standards and how to install one inside your PC. Finally, we'll discuss how to troubleshoot a power supply with problems.
Lesson 09 - Input Devices
In this lesson, you'll learn about devices that enable you to input data into your computer. I'll discuss standard input devices (like keyboards and mice) and multimedia devices (like digital cameras and webcams). I'll also teach you about connecting those devices to your computers using connectors like USB and FireWire.
Lesson 10 - Hard Drive Technologies
Today, we'll dig into hard drive technologies, including traditional hard disk drives and modern solid-state drives. You'll also learn how to install hard drives. I'll explain the fundamentals of protecting data with RAID technology and give you some tips and tricks for troubleshooting bad drives.
Lesson 11 - Implementing Hard Drives
In Lesson 11, you'll learn how to prepare a hard drive for use by an operating system. I'll teach you about partitioning and formatting a hard drive. We'll also cover maintaining your data using several included Windows utilities.
Lesson 12 - Removable Media
As we wrap up the course, you'll learn about the various forms of removable media. I'll teach you about older formats like tape drives. We'll discuss flash media like USB thumb drives and memory cards. Finally, you'll learn about optical media like DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, as well as external drives.